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TAU's Anat Biletzki (philosophy) claims Israel is Running Concentration Camps

Diplomacy can work, Rice proves
 
 
When peace activists in Israel want to shock their audience, they sometimes refer to Gaza as a concentration camp.

Anat Biletzki of the human rights group B’Tselem put it this way last year: “I know that when you talk about concentration camps, Jews all jump up in horror. I’m not talking about gassing and I’m not talking about extermination camps. Concentration camps were camps where people were forcibly placed and had to live their lives.”

The deal to open the borders of the Gaza Strip that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helped put together this week is a meaningful step toward changing that situation.

The 1.3 million Palestinians packed into the tiny Gaza Strip — 18 miles long and 4 to 6 miles wide — haven’t been in control of their borders for years.

Under the agreement, the Rafah crossing with Egypt will be staffed by the Palestinian Authority and Egypt. European Union personnel will be present as monitors.

As reported by the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Israelis and Palestinians will keep the crossing under surveillance by remote camera. If Israelis want someone stopped, they must make the request to Palestinians. If the Palestinians refuse, the decision can be appealed to the EU observers while the person in question is held in custody for up to six hours.

Under the agreement, the Rafah crossing is scheduled to open within two weeks. Starting in about a month, Palestinians will be able to travel to the West Bank in bus convoys. In addition, Israel also said it will increase the number of truckloads exported from Gaza into Israel to 150 a day, up from the 35 truckloads that were exported before the Israeli pullout.

Inability to trade with the outside world has choked off economic growth in Gaza, leaving its population dependent on aid from the United Nations to survive.

“This agreement is intended to give Palestinian people the freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives,” Rice said. “I have to say, as a football fan, sometimes the last yard is the hardest, and I think we experienced that today.”

In order to finalize the agreement, Rice delayed her arrival at a meeting of Asian leaders in South Korea by a day, and stayed up all night to push negotiations along.

Opening the door to travel and trade is an essential prerequisite if Palestine is ever to become the viable state envisioned by the Bush administration’s road map to peace in the Mideast. By helping to break the deadlock, Rice accomplished something that has been all too rare in the Bush administration — a diplomatic success

http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2005/11/22/editorial_main/doc437bccbbb5b2f850682856.txt
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